You never quite know what you are going to find on a minibeast safari. Guests staying at Springbank Cottage, our self catering holiday let in Elgol, have the use of a number of resources that form part of our environmental activities offer of which staging a minibeast safari is one.
What you can do
- Minibeasts are any small animal, spiders, slugs, snails, beetles centipedes, worms, earwigs, caterpillars and other fascinating creepy crawlies.
- Catch minibeasts by searching suitable habitat.
- Build a pitfall trap in the garden to catch minibeasts
Where to do it
- Minibeasts, especially insects, can be found almost anywhere.
- The garden has many flowering plants, trees and purposely left piles of decaying plant material and is a great place to conduct your minibeast safari.
- Search local woodlands, ponds and streams – details of where to go on the map in the activity room.
What we provide
- Materials to build your own pitfall trap
- Nets for pond dipping
- Catch pots/pooters
- Bug viewers, magnifying glasses and field lens
- ID guides and books
Advice about the activity
- Many minibeasts hibernate or spend the winter as eggs or pupae so best safaris will occur in spring and summer.
- The dark and damp conditions under rotting logs are very productive but put the log back after you’ve examined under it.
- Full instructions on building a pitfall trap and where to build it in the garden are provided.
Things to consider
- Minibeasts are delicate creatures and need sympathetic handling.
- If you can see the minibeast clearly enough to identify it then there is no need to handle it.
- Bees and wasps can sting.
- Return all minibeasts alive to the habitat where you collected them.
So, if you are thinking about a trip to Skye and you want more than just a “standard” holiday cottage, take a closer look. We hope you will be surprised by how much is on offer during a stay at Springbank Cottage.
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